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Ribo Bobo Faces Full Field in Saturday's Decathlon Stakes

Posted Friday, May 9, 2014

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It’s been quite   a ride for Mr. Amore Stable and their 2013 acquisition, the gelding Ribo Bobo.  Since re-taking the son of Louis Quatorze for $6,250 on Feb. 21, 2013, and under the stewardship of trainer Jason Servis, they have visited the winner’s circle a remarkable nine times, including five stakes scores.  They’ll look to make a 10th visit to the winner’s circle following Saturday’s $75,000 Decathlon Stakes, the featured event on Monmouth’s Opening Day card this Saturday.

            “Obviously, he was a great claim,” said Servis, who won at a 31% clip at Monmouth last season.  “He’s a runner, no doubt about it.  He’s given us quite a few thrills.”

            Among those thrills were wins in the Sunshine Millions Sprint earlier this year and victories in the Maryland Million Sprint and Monmouth’s own Icecapade Stakes last season, his lone start over the Oceanport oval.

            Perhaps even more interesting in some of those wins is Ribo Bobo’s running style and his occasional tendency to get out around the turn.

“That’s all in his head,” Servis said.  “I have no idea why he does it.  It’s not every race, just whenever he wants.  That’s all him.”

Even with that tendency, it certainly hasn’t slowed down the Florida-bred, who has twice rattled off six furlongs in under 1:09.  He’ll once again go six panels in Saturday’s Decathlon, his first start since a third-place finish in the Sir Shackleton Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 29.   

“That wasn’t his day,” Servis said, referring to Ribo Bobo’s last start.  “But he’s doing good.  It’s nice that post position doesn’t matter with him.  He can sit just off speed or go to the lead. He’s versatile like that.  We’ll see how he breaks and let Paco (jockey Lopez) take it from there.”

On Saturday, Ribo Bobo will break from post 10 in the 11-horse field.  He has been installed the 5/2 morning line favorite by oddsmaker Brad Thomas.

Post time for Saturday’s Opening Day program is 12:50 p.m., with gates opening at 11:30 a.m.  The Decathlon, which will be run as race 11 on the 12-race card has an estimated post time of 5:43 p.m.



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